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November 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Death Cab For Cutie turns back the clock for Barsuk’s 15th | Concert review

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Death Cab For Cutie in its early years. Photo by Peter Ellenby.

For indie-rockers in their late 20s and early 30s, it may feel a bit soon for 2000s nostalgia. Yet Thursday’s sold-out Showbox show — the first of a weekend-long, multi-venue festival celebrating Barsuk Records’ 15th anniversary — offered a couple surprises. One — much of this music still holds up. Two — local heroes Death Cab For Cutie played an unannounced acoustic set.

Barsuk didn’t only get in on the ground floor for Seattle’s post-grunge sea change — it was the ground floor. Initially a vehicle to release Death Cab’s early records, the label is now an influential source for sensitive, songwriter-oriented sounds from the Northwest and beyond.

And in the case of at least one group, redeemers.


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November 1, 2013 at 10:49 AM

15 years of creativity and contrarianism |Barsuk Records

Barsuk co-founders Josh Rosenfeldm, left, and Christopher Possanza. (Alan Berner)

Barsuk co-founders Josh Rosenfeld, left, and Christopher Possanza. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

“We’re not a household name, absolutely not,” says Barsuk Records co-founder Josh Rosenfeld, sitting in the woody, light-suffused conference room of the label’s Interbay offices. “We’re not a household name in the neighborhood I live in.”

That smart aleck tag is typical of Rosenfeld’s capricious self-deprecation, a signal of modesty but also pride in having kept afloat for 15 years a Seattle indie rock label named after a dog — a milestone the label celebrates this week with five nights of concerts.

Indeed, though Barsuk has delivered nearly 150 releases since 1998, among them Death Cab For Cutie’s 750,000-selling “Transatlanticism,” Barsuk has always operated in the shadow of its grungier big brother, Sub Pop.


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August 30, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Death Cab for Cutie to play ‘Transatlanticism’ in its entirety at Bumbershoot

Ben Gibbard (left) and Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie perform at the Key Arena in Seattle on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. (Aaron Jaffe/Seattle Times) By Hannah Leone “Transatlanticism” has pretty cool parents, so it’s no surprise candle that its 10th birthday party is a series of concerts during which they play the album in its…


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